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Santa Monica Beach Win’s Trip Advisor Award

The Trip Advisor 2018 Travellers Choice awards have revealed Cape Verde’s Santa Monica Beach to be one of the top 25 beaches in the world. The location where The Resort Group’s luxurious new White Sands Hotel & Spa will reside in 2019, Santa Monica Beach has earned hundreds of plaudits from Trip Advisor reviewers.

White Sands Hotel & Spa is the first of six developments planned by The Resort Group PLC to open on Boa Vista. Due for completion in 2019,  guests will be able to enjoy the highly commended Santa Monica Beach along with six resort swimming pools, swim-up bars, poolside eateries, as well as a range of six restaurants, luxury bars, and the world-famous Gabi Club®. Making the most of its stunning surroundings, White Sands Hotel & Spa will be managed by the world largest hotelier Meliá Hotels International, under their prestigious 5-star MELIÃ brand.


Santa Monica Beach, Boa Vista

Beautiful Caribbean looking beach. Bleached sands and turquoise skies that meet effortlessly into the inviting sea. Wonderful place to visit during your lifetime.” – Mark, Bridlington, UK

“Wonderful beach
Spent an afternoon there soaking up the Sun, taking a dip in the sea and sunbathing on the white soft sands. Very quiet with hardly anyone around. Definitely worth a visit if on Boa Vista” – Anna T, Whitstable, UK

Worth a trip it’s a very beautiful place to be. Endless amounts of beach and beautiful blue sea to gaze into.” – Carla S, London, UK

Of course, it’s not just Santa Monica Beach that makes this such a special part of the world. As well as a wonderful beach, Cape Verde offers a wide choice of great bars, restaurants and luxurious hotels. There’s always something new to discover. Here are a few of our favourites, together with what Trip Advisor reviewers have to say.


MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa, Sal Island

As featured on Season 11 of Britain’s Next Top Model, and this year’s Celebs Go Dating, MELIÃ Llana Beach Resort & Spa on Sal Island is all about elegance and the 5-star experience. Opening in December 2016, it’s the only adults-only Resort in Cape Verde which is ideal for couples looking to live a life of luxury on their getaway. The Resort has already made a big impact on Cape Verde’s holiday offering with Trip Advisor guests commending its stylish design, attentive staff, and relaxed atmosphere.

“Amazing Beach Resort
I have never stayed anywhere so clean before in my life! The staff work tirelessly to keep the place spotless. Our suite with a swim up pool was fantastic, the bed was massive! The shower room was again spotless and the shower was so powerful and refreshing. The room was cleaned every day and the mini bar was topped up every other day. We really enjoyed the choice of food at the self-service restaurant and Suileman the chef was awesome! The meat he cooked melted in your mouth and he takes such pride in his cooking. We felt very safe in the resort. This is the perfect place to go for a week’s relaxation.” – Susanwhite1965, Leeds

“Holiday of a lifetime
We booked to go all inclusive to Llana Beach Resort and Spa and we were not disappointed. It was a perfect holiday of a lifetime, perfect beaches, amazing hotel and amazing people. Food was spectacular (plenty of choice ranging from buffets, restaurants to cater for all tastes such as Italian, Asian and European) and entertainment out of this world, great bars and live music each evening with different events such as Cape Verdean night / white night – something for everyone. We took advantage of the island tour and visited Santa Maria and we were not disappointed – this was the perfect holiday of a lifetime. The weather was great for this time of the year with a cool breeze. We will definitely be going back again to the resort. Thank you The Resort Group for our wonderful stay” – Fredy500500, London.


TUI Sensimar Cabo Verde, Sal Island

Another adult only opportunity for those looking for perfect escapism, this undeniably luxurious resort is the epitome of relaxation with plenty of places to sit back and enjoy the year-round Cape Verdean sun. Providing everything you need for an amazing all-inclusive stay, complete with infinity pools set in lush tropical gardens it’s no wonder this beautiful place has shot to the top of the TripAdvisor charts with 4.5 stars.

What a wonderful holiday!
We have just come back from a week in Cape Verde at the Tui Sensimar, and it was wonderful. So clean, food good, staff wonderful, I truly cannot fault it. It was lovely and quiet, so relaxing. There were activities should you want them but we just made the most of the sun. The Tui rep. Kyle was great, so helpful, he linked up with the Postcards of Sal tour to let them know of my Mum’s mobility issues and they couldn’t have been more helpful, the tour was great. Took a cab into Santa Maria, only about 10 minutes, 3 euros, just a small town but has a great atmosphere, well worth a wander round. In summary, I can’t wait to go back!”  – Mollymops, UK

Myself and my fiancée are just back from Tui Sensimar Sal and we just want to get back on the plane and come back – Food was amazing and there were plenty of activities to join in if we wanted to also which can be found via the free morning post – loves the cocktails too and Keiko especially loved the frozen daiquiris – highly recommend.”  – Mark W, UK


MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa, Sal Island

This beautiful resort certainly ups the stakes when it comes to sun-soaked retreats. A stone’s through away from Bikini Beach Club, 2018’s most talked about Beach Club location, MELIÃ Dunas Beach Resort & Spa is a holidaymaker’s dream.  With everything you might need at your fingertips, you’ll soon see why it’s one of the most popular all-inclusive destinations on the Island. Complete with large villas, luxurious suites and stylish studio apartments the five large freshwater pools will keep you cool, whilst the palm tree lined boulevard with bars, restaurants and shops will guarantee to have everything you need.

Amazing place
Booked our stay at and had some wonderful days at Melia Dunas Beach Resort & Spa. We stayed in a 3 bedroom Villa close to the beach (Melia side). The Villa had a private garden and a private pool which was absolutely fantastic. The kids at 7, 11 and 14 loved the hotel. The food, location, pools and service were all amazing.” – Erika J, UK

“Wonderful week away
My partner and I had chosen this as we needed a week in the sun, and the Canaries aren’t as reliable in terms of weather. It was our first time and we were pleasantly surprised. We’d upgraded to the Level service, as we wanted the Adult only pool. We got special check-in, use of the Level Lounge and premium brand drinks. Also use of all the restaurants without having to worry about extras. Great breakfasts at the Sahel, and the food at the Aqua and Rancho restaurants was great. The staff were all lovely and always willing to help. Our rooms were clean, the bed comfy and well maintained throughout our stay. Service at the bars and restaurants was great.  The beach was clean, and very popular for the sunbeds etc. As a week to warm the bones it was great. Will definitely re-visit.” – Julesmcq, London UK


Bikini Beach Club, Sal Island

The go-to destination of Cape Verde, with a long list of celebrity names on its guest list, Bikini Beach Club has made a big impact since opening in December 2016. With 360 panoramic views of the faultless Atlantic Ocean, fine dining, cocktails and the year-round Cape Verdean sun, Bikini Beach Club is the perfect backdrop for some quality R&R whether lounging by the pool or relaxing at one of the popular Bikini Beach Brunches.

Turn to night time, and it’s the only place to be on Sal Island with world-renowned DJ’s, bustling bars, and immersive entertainment. Trip Advisor reviewers certainly love the new location, rating it an average of 4.5 stars putting it up there as one of the top restaurants on Cape Verde.

Really enjoyable evening
Lovely evening, good food and good wine, reasonably priced. They were so helpful with my Husband who wanted to watch the football!”

 “A must visit
What a place. The staff are extremely attentive, very polite and really want to make you feel welcome. The cocktails are gorgeous, and are generally 9 euros each which is on par with other places in Santa Maria, but are better here. The place is set up as a proper party place, and we went with my two daughters who are 13 and 19 who both loved it. We went twice for a couple of drinks in the afternoon. ” – Tina H, Kingswinford, UK

“Great atmosphere
Had a great day at the bikini beach club. Great atmosphere, food and drinks are outstanding along with professional friendly staff, made my day!” – Dcasitis, UK

From the moment you enter this place you are amazed how you are treated by the staff as if you are a VIP, you are asked if you want a sunbed then drinks are served to you and food to you sunbed just amazing.” – Jinder2014, Walsall, UK

To see the other TripAdvisor Top 25 Beaches around the world: click here. 

There is still a chance to invest in the luxury, 5-star White Sands Hotel & Spa on Boa Vista and experience one of the worlds top beaches for yourself. For more information about this or any of other 5-star Resorts mentioned above, get in touch with the team today.

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